Sea Apple (Syzygium grande)

Now this fellow, despite its rather slim trunk with roots precariously jutting out the top of the soil, I might add, has nonetheless managed to attain an impressive height. The bark of the tree is rough and greyish, and the trunk is often fluted. Syzygium grande, more commonly known as the sea apple, is a…

Spreading Dayflower (Commelina diffusa)

The little flower hidden amongst the grass was so tiny, and so asymmetrical, that I doubted its integrity. Still, its lovely- and I dare say unusual- shade of blue was enough to entice me to take a photo, in spite of the fact that it meant a prolonged display of my rear end to all…

Pea Eggplant (Solanum torvum)

Someone, in an attempt to keep the wilderness in check, has hacked off the vegetation closest to the path. In an impressively straight line, sure, but I’m nonetheless annoyed that that lopped off the stinking passion flower vine that was nicely blooming and fruiting. Also, I think this guy has suddenly discovered that his penthouse…

Stinking Passionflower (Passiflora foetida)

The path from the bus stop cuts through swaths of wild growth, and when I saw a lovely little flower blooming, I whipped out my phone, with its awful camera and hairline screen cracks (it didn’t appreciate being dropped face down last week). But of course it failed to do the flower justice, so it…

Mile-a-minute Vine (Ipomoea cairica)

The gaudy plastic barriers demarcating the work site are quite the awful backdrop, but to their credit have helped to support a healthy population of the mile-a-minute vine (Ipomoea cairica). The large, pale purple flowers are delicate and showy, whilst the leaves are prettily shaped, with five lance-shaped segments. A type of morning glory, it…

Malabar Tamarind (Garcinia gummi-gutta)

All my life, I’ve seen a number of unusual flowers and fruit, but growing up in Singapore, you kind of get used to the general type of strange the island nurtures. This time though, the bright orange, pumpkin-like fruits peppering this tree’s branches intrigued me. Obviously I wasn’t tall enough to get close (not that…